A strong second quarter helped the East Mountain girls basketball team overcome a sluggish start in last Thursday’s 57-34 win over visiting Academy for Technology and the Classics, or ATC.
The Lady Timberwolves shot a meager 19 percent during the first quarter allowing ATC to take an early lead.
But Yvette Vallejos hit a 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in the quarter to put the Lady T’Wolves up 10-9, and the home team never trailed again. She finished with 12 points.
“We’ve got to start coming out warmer and execute better,” East Mountain’s head coach Hobert “H” Warren said about his team’s flat first quarter..
The Lady T’Wolves got things going in the second quarter, outscoring ATC 16-4.
Lena Hoover’s layup just before halftime capped a 9-0 run to give East Mountain a 26-13 lead at the break. Hoover led the Lady T’Wolves with 13.
East Mountain maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way, extending it to 20 points midway through the third quarter.
Warren noted that without senior co-captain Alyse Talamante—who is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL in her left knee Dec. 7—he’s turning to more of his younger players.
“Several times we had a few freshmen and sophomores in there,” Warren said. “But they kept fighting. I think overall they’ll keep pushing and improving.”
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